Euro 2000 and 1984 winners France take on England, Sweden and Ukraine in Group D of the European Championships. Here, Sportsmail profiles all 23 members of their squad.
Redemption: France had a disastrous World Cup in 2010
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Hugo Lloris (Lyon) Born: 26.12.86. Squad No: 1.
Made league debut at Nice and burst into the limelight after joining Lyon in 2008, earning his first cap that year in a 0-0 friendly draw against Uruguay. Won a two-man battle with Steve Mandanda to become Franceís No 1 keeper. A shy character, Lloris, whose lightning quick saves helped Lyon to a Champions League semi-final two years ago, can raise his voice when needed. That earned him the captainís armband for the Euro finals.
Steve Mandanda (Marseille) Born: 28.03.85. Squad No: 16.
Fantastic shot-stopper with a taste for spectacular saves, the Kinshasa-born Olympique Marseille keeper lost his place as Franceís first choice to Lloris before the 2010 World Cup, the main reason being that he is not as safe on high balls.
Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux) Born: 30.12.81. Squad No: 23.
Despite having been a regular in the squad since 2009, Carrasso had only made one appearance before the warm-up matches due to the presence of Lloris and Mandanda. Had a loan spell at Crystal Palace from Marseille in 2001-02.
Patrice Evra (Manchester United) Born: 15.03.81. Squad No: 3.
Left-back, lost the France captainís armband after the World Cup fiasco and has been keeping a low profile internationally since he came back from a five-match suspension. Fast and technically gifted, he still has to make a bigger impact in attack, but with Eric Abidal missing out on Euro 2012 because of a liver transplant, he is unlikely to face competition for his place.
Anthony Reveillere (Lyon) Born: 10.11.79. Squad No: 13
A versatile full-back who can play on the right or left flank. His attacking skills are a plus. Will not complain if he spends the whole tournament on the bench.
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) Born: 26.07.85. Squad No: 22.
A talented and consistent left-back, he is the undisputed No 1 at Manchester City, but second choice to Evra for his country.
Philippe Mexes (AC Milan) Born: 30.03.82. Squad No: 5.
His style of play is reminiscent of that of France coach Laurent Blanc, who made him his first-choice centre back when he took charge in 2010 alongside Adil Rami. Can sometimes be nonchalant and over-confident.
Adil Rami (Valencia) Born: 27.12.85. Squad No: 4.
A solid centre-back with a taste for spectacular bursts into the opposite box, his partnership with Philippe Mexes is one of Laurent Blancís best achievements since he took over as France coach. Sometimes takes unnecessary risks.
Mathieu Debuchy (Lille) Born: 28.07.85. Squad No: 2.
Produced man-of-match performance in Franceís 2-1 defeat of Germany last February, probably earning a place in the starting line-up as a right-back. His association with Mathieu Valbuena on the right flank has been devastating. Also very solid defensively.
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EURO 2012 SQUADS
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Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Born: 10.09.85. Squad No: 21.
Blanc is a big fan of Koscielny, who has become a regular in the squad despite being behind Mexes and Rami in the pecking order. Pipped PSG's Mamadou Sakho and Montpellier's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to a place in the squad.
Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) Born: 14.01.86. Squad No: 6.
Emerged as one of Franceís best midfielders at Lille, where he won the French Cup and Ligue 1 title in 2011, before joining Newcastle. His defensive skills and ability to set up and score goals are outstanding.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) Born: 26.06.87. Squad No: 11.
Silkily-skilled playmaker, the great absentee of the 2010 World Cup squad, along with Karim Benzema, converted the penalty against Bosnia that sealed Franceís passage to the finals. Has been a first-choice creative force since Blanc took charge, but has caused problems by not being as decisive as expected.
Marvin Martin (Sochaux) Born: 10.01.88. Squad No: 19.
Made an impressive start when he scored two late goals as a substitute on his debut in a friendly against Ukraine. Has been regularly called up since despite a poor season with Sochaux. Highly skilled in passing and playmaking, but lacks top-level experience.
Yann M'vila (Stade Rennes) Born: 26.06.90. Squad No: 17.
Defensive holding midfielder, called up when Blanc took charge of Les Bleus, quickly established himself, missed only a few games through injury. Widely praised for his great passing technique and energetic contribution to teamwork and been linked with a move to Arsenal.
Florent Malouda (Chelsea) Born: 13.06.80. Squad No: 15.
Left midfielder, the most capped player in the squad, took part in the dismal 2008 and 2010 campaigns, praised by Blanc for his dedication to defensive tasks, but blamed by many for failing to create enough goal chances. Could challenge Ribery on the left wing, but more likely to start the championships as a substitute.
Alou Diarra (Marseille) Born: 15.07.81. Squad No: 18.
One of a few French box-to-box midfielders, was captain at Bordeaux when Blanc led them to the Ligue 1 title in 2009 and also wore Les Bleusís armband several times before losing his place in Marseille team. Came off the bench in the 2006 World Cup final and, despite mediocre season, remains a stalwart in Blancís squad.
The boss: Laurent Blanc
Blaise Matuidi (PSG) Born 09.04.87. Squad No: 12.
A surprise selection, as many felt Blanc would opt for two central-defensive reserves, but Matuidi is rewarded for a fine first season in the French capital where he has confirmed his reputation as one of the country's best holding midfielders.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) Born: 19.12.87. Squad No: 10.
The unchallenged No 1 forward under Blanc. Scored crucial goals and has been also essential in playmaking. Eventually found his place in the Real Madrid starting line-up, two years after joining from Olympique Lyon.
Olivier Giroud (Montpellier) Born: 30.09.86. Squad No: 9.
Called up for the first time for friendly games last November, earned his place in squad by scoring the opener when France won 2-1 in Germany. Named Ligue 2 best player in 2009, moved to Montpellier where he helped inspire an unexpected title run. Has a real eye for goal.
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) Born: 07.04.83. Squad No: 7.
One of four players banned for the 2010 World Cup training strike scandal, he turned from French fans favourite to almost an outcast. Made an impressive start with France at the 2006 World Cup, including a decisive goal in quarter-finals against Spain. Has recovered his best form with Bayern this season but still struggling to do the same with the national team.
Jeremy Menez (Paris St Germain) Born: 07.05.87. Squad No: 14.
Considered to be one of Franceís greatest talents, turned professional at 16, but still struggling for consistency eight years later. Joined Paris St Germain last summer after three years at AS Roma. Fast and unpredictable, likely to be on the bench as an impact substitute.
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille) Born: 28.09.84. Squad No: 8.
A surprise selection at the 2010 World Cup where he barely played, picked regularly by Blanc, but not always as a starter. Dubbed ĎThe Little Oneí, made his name in Europe with a stunning goal at Liverpool in 2007 Champions League and another one this season at Borussia Dortmund.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle) Born: 07.03.87. Squad No: 20
The wildcard pick from Blanc, Ben Arfa's talent has never been doubted in his homeland, and he has finally put together a consistent run of form at Newcastle. Likely to be used as an impact player off the bench.
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